Frog and Rock Together

Annabella Necklace

My inspiration for this necklace was the beautiful ojime bead that sits right below the two turquoise nugget beads.  It is beautifully carved out of wood and features a little frog peeking out from under a mushroom.  Ojime (pronounced oh-jay-meh) beads originated in Japan and were designed to work in conjunction with other items to allow the wearer to hang items from a sash around their kimono.  Many of today’s ojime beads are reproductions of antique ojime; others are original works inspired by the tradition.

The ojime bead just felt so earthy to me and I loved it’s warm brown color.  Pairing it with a simple brown rock found outside seemed the right way to go.  I set the rock in sterling silver and cupped the silver around the rock to cradle and nestle it.  The beads I chose felt equally earthy to me – turquoise, Hill Tribes silver leaves, sodalite, and creamy coral.  I think I did right by the little frog and love the color statement the piece makes as well as the interestingness of each element.

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One Response to Frog and Rock Together

  1. Doloris says:

    Nice post! It’s so hard to find good info on beads on the internet nowadays with all the fluff that is out there.

    I look forward to reading more of your articles and keep up the good work. 🙂

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